North America Pacific Northwest Cruise

Columbia & Snake Rivers: Food, Wine & History

Embark on a 6 or 8-day culinary expedition, in partnership with Food & Wine magazine designed to immerse you in the essence of the Pacific Northwest. Journey through the captivating history, abundant harvests, and picturesque landscapes of the Columbia and Snake rivers, while indulging in the region’s culinary delights and exquisite wines. Stroll vineyards, sample wine and craft beer and enjoy a menu the onboard chef has crafted to represent the bounty of the region. Choose from departures aboard one of the identical 62-guest sister ships: National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion.

Relive a chapter of history and an expedition that changed America and became a national treasure. Retrace some of the route Lewis & Clark followed on their Corps of Discovery Expedition, learning many facets of their voyage by visiting sites where they camped, and learning about First Nations’ inter-tribal relationships and well-established trade routes. 

Hike, kayak and enjoy Zodiac cruises through the Columbia River Gorge for an up-close perspective of a restless land, uplifted mountain ranges and volcanoes. Cruise through the largest basalt flow the planet has ever undergone, and explore where the largest floods in history ravaged the earth before a series of cataclysmic landslides displaced the river. And transit a series of eight locks that lifts the ship 700 feet, which is 10 times the elevation of the Panama Canal! An onboard geologist shares the history while sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Added experts include a historian, expedition leader, wine expert, wellness specialist and National Geographic certified photo instructor.

Offered on this 6 or 8-day Columbia & Snake Rivers: Food, Wine, & History is a Eastbound or Westbound itinerary. The two main eastbound itineraries begin in Portland, Oregon, and end in Clarkston, Washington. You may also choose the seasonal itineraries that operate westbound, beginning in Clarkston and ending in Portland.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Pacific Northwest cruises and Pacific Northwest trips.